Hindu Logo

National Events in May 1999

May 5

The Vajpayee Government transfers the Union Home Secretary, Mr. B. P. Singh.

The PMK decides to join the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

May 10

The former Union Minister, Mr. Kalpanath Rai quits the Samata Party and joins the Congress.

Tamil Nadu Government withdraws the controversial Prevention of Terrorist Activities (POTA) Bill.

May 11

The Supreme Court confirms death sentence on four of the 26 accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, reduces to life imprisonment the sentence on three others and acquits the remaining 19.

The Centre removes the West Bengal Governor, Mr. A. R. Kidwai. The Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Mr. Mata Prasad has also been asked to step down.

May 12

The Arunachal Pradesh Governor refuses to quit.

The Congress(I) and the AIADMK decide to cooperate in the Lok Sabha poll.

May 14

The Supreme Court dismisses the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha's petition against the appointment of special judges by the Tamil Nadu Government to try corruption cases against her.

Mr. Gurucharan Singh Tohra is expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal.

May 15

The BJP and at least 13 of its allies rename themselves the National Democratic Alliance.

Militants gun down a senior member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly belonging to the ruling National Conference, Mr. Abdul Ahad Kar in Kupwara district.

May 16

Senior Congress leaders oppose Ms. Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister.

May 17

Ms. Sonia Gandhi resigns as Congress president but the CWC(I) rejects it.

May 20

The CWC expels Mr. Sharad Pawar, Mr. M. P. A. Sangma and Mr. Tariq Anwar for six years from the primary membership of the party.

May 21

A powerful bomb explodes and another is defused on the road leading to the Imphal airport minutes before the Prime Minister landed to commence his two-day visit to the State.

May 25

The Prime Minister declares the Centre will take all possible steps to push back infiltrators in Kargil.

India blasts its way into the global satellite launch vehicle market with the PSLV-C2 deploying two foreign satellites besides the Indian remote sensing satellite, IRS-P4.

May 27

IAF loses two fighter aircraft in the Kargil area. Pakistan claims it has Flight Lieutenant Nachiketa in its custody.

Messrs Sharad Pawar, Tariq Anwar and P. A. Sangma launch the Nationalist Congress Party.

May 30

India rejects U.N. offer to send a special envoy to defuse Indo-Pak tensions.

May 31

India accepts Pakistan's offer to send its Foreign Minister, Mr. Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi to defuse the current tension.

Events 1999